On September 26, 2021, Fashionnovation arranged a session with Ms. Umme Hani Barsha, an ex-student of BUTEX batch-38 and also Adjunct faculty of Department of Textile Fashion & Design (TFD) of Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) who is currently studying MS in Consumer & Design Science, majoring in Design and Applied Arts at Auburn University. She is our first guest in “Fashionnovation Your Mentor Talks.” She is one of the dearest mentor and well-wisher of Fashionnovation and she supported the platform from the beginning of its journey, right from 7 July 2018.
In that session, our discussion areas were higher studies in fashion, building up and honing skills related to fashion and how to enjoy life to the fullest-valuing each and every experience we gather. In the session, BUTEX 43, 44, 45 & 46th batch joined spontaneously and all credits of managing & directing the session goes to the Founder & President Kazi Farhan Hossain Purba.
Our guest- Ms. Barsha started the session by stating the most valuable advices of her Professor which are- Always ask questions! Because in graduation life, whoever is curious to know more, he/she will be more successful in his/her life.
Fashion design higher study guidelines:
Ms. Barsha then guided us about taking higher studies. If a student wants to achieve his higher educational degrees in Europe, then he must have an excellent portfolio. Also European Universities want practical knowledge in design sector. And to study in America you must take GRE. In America, you will get departments of Natural Sciences (mainly for students of Fabric & Yarn engineering as major), Polymer Science (mainly for Wet Process Engineers & Dyes and Chemical Engineers), Merchandising and Designing.
Then if you want to go to Germany, fashion design students will have to face some challenges as in Germany, normally there is no tuition fees for other students but in fashion design as well as art based subjects such as architecture, photography, you will have to pay tuition fees. If you know German language, French, then you can apply for Dutch and French scholarships respectively. Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark also have textile related universities. In Netherlands, there is only one university named Utrecht University, in which you can continue your study in English. In New Zealand, you can get a government scholarship in the designing sector at Auckland University. For applying in Denmark, you must complete the first level of their language. In Japan, there is fashion design learning opportunities in Bunka Fashion College which ranks in the top 20 of the world. In Hong Kong Polytechnic, there are mainly PAD courses but you can also go through your graduate level here.
Then if you want to go with Australia or Canada, it will be suitable if you can go on a fully funded scholarship. And in that case, you will have to show a good amount of bank balance. Pertinently, it must be included that there is only one university in Canada named Ryerson offering fashion design degree. And for Textile Engineering, there is University of Toronto, University of Manitoba, University of Alberta. In Australia’s RMIT, women get 18 kinds of scholarships & to apply for that you must have 2 years full time job experience.
You will be happy to know that there was a special guest in our session whose name is Mr. Asef Amer Priyo who is also our BUTEXian senior from the same batch of Ms. Barsha. And he is now working in Decathlon Sports Bangadesh, having working experience of 4.5 years in the industry. He advised to enrich English communication skill, presentation skill and learn Microsoft Excel & Powerpoint from undergraduate level. He clarified about the job sectors of Textile Fashion Design as well as Textile Engineering. He said actually one will get a job or not it totally depends on the performance at the interview board and how much your CV is enriched. Also you must have a very strong portfolio. And at the interview board, you must know what you say and know what you know.
Then again Ms. Barsha said a fashion designer must have knowledge not only about designing but also about the fabric, its drapability, texture etc. Because fabric, stitch, pattern-these all are strongly connected with fashion.
When one of the participants of that session asked about the importance of CGPA in higher studies, Ms. Barsha replied that high CGPA is not a must for applying for foreign scholarships. But if you want fully funded scholarship and a good subject as per your choice then you will be much benefited if you have a high CGPA. But don’t be upset if it’s by chance low because you can cover it up by achieving high scores at speaking & writing of IELTS and at analytical writing of GRE.
Is having a published research paper important for higher studies?
Another question came from the participants about the importance of research papers. Madam replied that, actually on master’s or graduate level, teachers of foreign universities do not really want or expect research papers from the students. But you must have a crystal clear knowledge about your research interests. She again mentioned about having a strong portfolio. She referred to a youtube channel named Zoe Hong to enrich your portfolio. She also suggested a site named issue.com to see many kinds of portfolio there.
Ms. Barsha said that during her application for MS, she generalized the ranking of the university where she applied, research interests related to her and noted if the university is fully funded or partially funded. Again another student asked her about the fashion sectors of foreign universities. Madam replied there are fashion photography, visual merchandising, fashion merchandising, sourcing sector & designing sectors. Last of all, she uttered specially for fashion designing students to learn Adobe softwares like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
At last our special guest Mr. Asef gave us some life hacks. He said,”Forget about being disheartened. No knowledge is small, no knowledge is short! So if you have leisure, it’s better to learn something new. Always use your time efficiently.” Then Barsha madam suggested, “Obviously do work but enjoy your life to the fullest in your undergrad!”
It was really an amazing session! We learnt a lot from Ms. Barsha & Mr. Asef. We are expressing our gratitude to them and the organizer of this session, Mr. Kazi Farhan Hossain Purba. Hope that we will get more sessions like this & will be able to learn a lot!
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